Monday, February 22, 2010

Passing Time in Lent (Poem)

Passing Time in Lent

If you have never made offense,
whose gospel do you follow?

If you have never gospel followed,
to whose arms do you run to escape the sin?

If you have never smudged the ash,
for whose sins must you be sorry?

If you have never felt too full,
where do you create the space inside?

If you have never denied your want,
how do you know how hunger feels?

If you have never given up,
how do you learn to receive?

If you have never crossed the desert,
by what clock do you watch sun rise and fall?

If you have never offered your table,
what claim do you make on feast prepared?

If you have never consumed the bread,
at whose altar do you sacrifice?

If you have never walked the stations,
how do you tell God's emptied Himself?

If you have never sat with emptiness,
out of what do you fashion your hope?

If you have never done the mourning,
what sign do you accept it's spring?

If you have never seen spring light,
from whom did you learn to sing?

Copyright © 2010 Maureen E. Doallas. All Rights Reserved.

12 comments:

Glynn said...

So many of today's famous atheists bemoan the fact that "religion" and "notions of God" have shaped so much in society and culture. As this poem so clearly, and eloquently, says, that's absolutely right. And we thank God for it.

M.L. Gallagher said...

I love the poem -- and Glynn's comment.

Thank God for all that is. Without darkness there would be no light.

Without sadness, no joy.

And no matter what there is not, there is always, and forever, Love.

Hugs

Louise

M.L. Gallagher said...

And... I captured an excerpt for my blog and linked back to you :) Hugs

S. Etole said...

from ashes to beauty ... the kingdom

Joyce Wycoff said...

Maureen ... how beautiful! I especially love ...

If you have never seen spring light,
from whom did you learn to sing?

May your day be filled with joy.

SUNRISE SISTER said...

Maureen -

Beautiful reminder of the threads woven to capture our lives and faith. Thanks!

xo

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

really beautiful, Maureen - one of my favorite pieces you've written...

nAncY said...

answers within questions.
it is a beautiful poem, maureen.

L.L. Barkat said...

Loved the question approach. And Lent feels like a question to me anyhow...

Kathleen said...

OK. I haven't personally practiced Lent, but this is so elegant, it is tempting. Tempting? Now? Sometimes I do believe you make God smile with your words. Today perhaps. Now I have to go and trade favorites.

shrinkthecamel said...

Mo - I can see this poem gracing the bulletins of little and big churches all across America. So poignant and simple at the same time. "If you have never sat with emptiness, out of what do you fashion your hope?" That is a hopeful statement.

Monica Sharman said...

Yes, yes...and so I try to avoid the attitude of "I wish I had not gone through that..."